Things only the Florentines know about Florence

Florence Trip

Florence is a perfect destination to while away your days lost in the world-class art, food, and wine. An enchanting city where the Renaissance began, Florence will capture your art beat at first sight. But what is it that really made this city so spellbinding?

Italy Line_GoGappaThe Mystery Dome
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The Dome of Florence Cathedral from a distance

It is said that once the cathedral was built, the Florentines realised that building the dome would require a skill superior from usual

Built more than 500 years ago, Il Duomo Di Firenze a.k.a the Florence Cathedral is still the largest brick dome ever constructed. Ironically, the architect of this beautiful dome – Filippo Brunelleschi, originally a goldsmith by profession, had no formal training in the field of architecture.  It is said that once the cathedral was built, the Florentines realised that building the dome would require a skill superior from usual and so, a competition was held to solve the mystery of how the dome could be built. Filippo’s plan came out as the winner and thus he was commissioned to build the dome. What is even more interesting is that Brunelleschi left no sketches behind. The exact method used for building this dome was never really discovered. Could be one of the reasons why even the most experienced of architects couldn’t replicate this mystery dome.

Italy Line_GoGappaWhere is the original David?
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The original Michelangelo’s David at the Accademia Gallery, Florence.

upon realising that it would not be possible to place the 6 ton statue on the roof of the Cathedral, it was decided that the statue will be placed  next to the entrance of Palazzo Vecchio

Don’t be surprised if you find more than one David in Florence. The wonderful masterpiece has not only been replicated many times but also been moved a number of times. Originally, Michelangelo’s David was to be placed on the roof of the Florence Cathedral. However, upon realising that it would be not be possible to place the 6 ton statue on the roof of the Cathedral, it was decided that the statue will be placed  next to the entrance of the town hall of Florence – Palazzo Vecchio( Old Palace). Three centuries later (1873), to protect this marble masterpiece from damage, the 17 feet statue was moved to the Accademia Gallery in Florence. But to fill the vacant space at the Palazzo Vecchio entrance a replica of Michelangelo’s David was made. Today there are copies of David all over the world, but you sure know where to find the original one!

Italy Line_GoGappaThe bridge that lived
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The Tourist flocked Ponte Vecchio in Florence

Late in the 16th century, when the Grand Duke of Tuscany (Cosimo I) moved to the adjoining Pitti Palace, he realised that he will have to cross this bridge full of slaughterhouse.

Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge), as the name suggests, is the oldest bridge in Florence. Connecting Florence through the Arno river, the bridge was once home to all the butchers in the city. Late in the 16th century, when the Grand Duke of Tuscany (Cosimo I) moved to the adjoining Pitti Palace, he realised that he will have to cross this bridge full of slaughter houses. Being against the idea, he immediately passed a decree for the butchers to leave the bridge in favour of the goldsmiths and silversmiths. Even today the bridge with a ‘golden view’ of river Arno is filled with goldsmith and silversmith shops.

The seven centuries old bridge is most famous for surviving World War II. It is believed that when Hitler attacked this part of Europe, he stated that the bridge was “too beautiful to be destroyed “. Now this sure is a bridge you don’t want to miss!

Italy Line_GoGappaFlorence: Where renaissance began
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The Statues at the entrance of Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy

the Pitti palace – a magnificent example of Renaissance architect – did not always belong to the Medicis. In fact, it was built in an attempt to compete with the original Medici Palace – Palazzo Vecchio (Old Palace).

Visit the three buildings of Palazzo Vecchio, Palazzo Pitti, and Uffizi Gallery & you will know exactly why Florence is called the home of Renaissance. The beautiful buildings hold more than a lakh of Renaissance and other artworks all thanks to the Medici family. The long-time rulers of Florence – The Medici family is popularly known as the art-collecting family. Interestingly, the Pitti palace – a magnificent example of Renaissance architect – did not always belong to the Medicis. In fact, it was built in an attempt to compete with the original Medici Palace – Palazzo Vecchio (Old Palace). Named after Luca Pitti, a wealthy Florentine banker, the palace was sold off to the Medici family when the descendants of the Pitti family ran into financial problems. Today the three buildings are the heart of Renaissance in Florence.

Visiting Florence is being lost in the beauty of time, for be it day or night – everything in Florence will look like a Paradise of Art. I am sure Florence has already made it to your travel destinations list by now, hasn’t it?

One Reply to “Things only the Florentines know about Florence”

  1. Do expand this article to write about its local culture and cuisine. Thanks.

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